I d e a.

by Michael Drayton


WHEN like an eaglet I first found my Love,
For that the virtue I thereof would know,
Upon the nest I set it forth, to prove
If it were of that kingly kind or no ;
But it no sooner saw my Sun appear,
But on her rays with open eyes it stood,
To shew that I had hatched it for the air
And rightly came from that brave mounting brood ;
And, when the plumes were summed with sweet desire,
To prove the pinions it ascends the skies ;
Do what I could it needsly would aspire
To my soul's sun, those two celestial eyes.
    Thus from my breast, where it was bred alone,
    It after thee is, like an eaglet, flown.

Courtesy Ronda DeVold and
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory

Drayton, Michael. Idea.
Daniel's Delia and Drayton's Idea. Arundell Esdaile, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1908. 123.

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